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By P. J. Taylor, Aug 21 2017 04:02PM

It’s been a long week this week. I attended a funeral on Wednesday for an old neighbour that I had known almost 40 years. Whilst yesterday I was at a hospital for yet another appointment and was duly reminded about the amount of immunosuppressive drugs I’ve had over the past 20 years and that I am far more likely to develop cancer than most other people. Nice! I won’t bore you with my health problems of late. It’s just dull and depressing. However, this morning I awoke to a new review for my second book, Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon. It was such a lovely review I wanted to share it as soon as possible so here it is:

Following on from "Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages", we meet up again with Brian (Ryan?!) and his slightly odd friends and also meet some new (and just as entertaining) characters. The story is well-written, imaginative, and holds plenty for young and old alike. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much while reading. You don't have to be a fan of fantasy to enjoy this book (or the previous one). I'd recommend it for anyone who'd like a few chuckles along with their reading fix :)

The review is from Amazon.co.uk and for anybody who hasn’t checked out the link before here it is:



I’m still busy with Brian’s third adventure although I must say that I’ve had very little chance to write anything at all this week. However, I should get some time over the weekend. I’m almost on Chapter 3 and I’m really enjoying the writing process once again.

Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Jul 24 2017 01:36PM

As you know, I don’t like updating my blog simply for the sake of updating it. And this is why there are times when I won’t and don’t update it more than once or twice a month. Once again, I don’t really have too much to say or tell you this week. However, I thought I would give you a brief update on the third ‘Brian . . .’ book.

The first two chapters are titled, ‘Demon Tours Inc’ and ‘The Mountain Troll’. I have now mapped out the first ten chapters which will take Brian, Norman, Audrey and Violet to somewhere completely new and this will be the focus of the first half of the book. Additionally, I am trying to include and update some story threads from the first book. There will also be a major link to a character from the second book too.

I am quite excited with how things are currently progressing. I still have the second half of the book to plot but the third book will be very different from the first two Brian novels. The children’s new adventure is very much a race against time and will focus far less on school and the underground village of Coffinsgrave. Instead, the children will travel to new and exciting locations and they’ll meet a host of new characters, unusual demons and very scary monsters!

If anybody is wondering if Sam and Hadley will appear in the third book then the answer’s . . . YES! They are in the opening chapter and will join Brian and his friends throughout their new adventure.

I have also received a new, five star, review for ‘Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages’ which was a nice surprise and I have included this at the top of the blog.

It was lovely to receive such a nice response to my update last week. There were lots of positive comments about the photo I included of my childhood friends who were the inspiration for the four children who appear in the ‘Brian . . ‘ books.

As I have done previously I will try and include a few real children’s names in Brian’s third adventure. There’s always been a great response from both children and parents when they see their own/child’s name printed in a book. Of course, I can’t include lots and lots of names but I will certainly try to fit a few in when the story allows.

Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Jul 18 2017 08:03AM

The first page of my second book has a dedication to four friends that I grew up with when I was much younger. Glenn, John, Kate and Maria. These wonderful individuals were the inspiration for the four characters that appear in both my books. Without them there probably wouldn’t be any Brian, Norman, Audrey or Violet.

When my second book was published I was contacted by Glenn and it was suggested that it would be nice, perhaps, if we all met up again. Some of us hadn’t seen each other in almost 30 years. Which is strange. Kate, if you didn’t know, is my sister. And, growing up, the five of us were totally inseparable. There was no internet in the 80’s. No Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Instead we played outside, made up our own games, wrote stories and acted out plays that we recorded onto audio cassette. In fact I still have one of those cassettes which, when I’m on my own, I listen to from time to time and, for a little while at least, I feel like a boy of 15 again.

As we grew up and entered our late teens our paths veered off into different directions and the unbreakable friendships we had when we were eleven and twelve began, as most do, to crumble and fade away. It’s nobody’s fault. Children just grow up. One of us lives in Spain now, another in Cumbria and another in the Isle of Wight.

I am pleased to say that the five of us met up again on Saturday and whilst some of us have turned a little grey now one of us has lost most of his hair it, nevertheless, still felt like old times, if only for a few hours. It was good chatting about the silly things we got up to. Pretending to contact the dead when we had John underneath the floorboards in the garage knocking on the wood floor above him, once for yes and twice for no. Or making new fancy cocktails and with my sister adding some Fairy Liquid to hers to give it a decent frothy head! How we didn’t end up killing ourselves I’ll never know.

Anyway, I thought I’d share our ‘group’ photo. Glenn is on the far left. John, his younger brother, is standing next to him. In the middle is Maria. Kate is next to her and that’s me on the far left.

Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Jul 3 2017 11:52AM

Just a quick update this week.

I’m never that keen on running promotions. I always find it very difficult to reach out to readers especially via social media and I’m never completely sure that these type of promotions actually work. And whilst I hardly ever run a promotion for my second book I am running a promotion this week for Brian, his Granddad & the Cup of Ages which will be free on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. So, if you haven’t already bought it and would like to read it then this will be the perfect opportunity to download it via Amazon. The links to Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com are below.



The third book in the ‘Brian…’ series is coming along nicely. Not only is the introduction now complete but so it the first chapter. I have already begun work on the second chapter (where I shall be introducing a completely new monster) and I am still trying to decide where the bulk of the third story will take place. It setting will remain over Christmas.

My pile of ‘to read’ books in my living room continues to grow. Not only have I got the original ‘War of the Worlds’ to read before I begin its more recent sequel but I also have a time-traveling novel called ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor (no relation) to read too. Currently I am about a third of the way through ‘Armada’ by Ernest Cline.

Oh, and I am currently suffering terribly with sciatica at the moment and and am presently remain housebound. I’ve never had back trouble before in my life and the pain is a lot worse than I could have ever imagined. Ouch!

Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Jun 22 2017 09:40AM

As I have said many times before getting readers to leave reviews is notoriously difficult. I mean, everybody leads busy lives, don’t they? Even I forget to leave reviews sometimes for items that I may have bought on Ebay or Amazon.co.uk. So, I was delighted to get another review this week for ‘Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon’. I was even more pleased as the new review came from Amazon.com and here it is below:

‘I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a great job creating his magical world and adding lots of details to bring it to life. I enjoy all of the different monsters and seeing the new things Brian and his friends are up to. I can't wait to read the next one when it comes out’

As somebody who writes I am always full of self-doubt. I am never truly happy with any completed chapter, the characters dialogue or the book’s plot etc. Sometimes you write something and you say to yourself . . . ‘you know what? That’s really good!’ and you pat yourself on the back. But the next day, when you re-read what you’ve written, you declare it to be a complete load of rubbish and delete it.

And speaking of rubbish (haha) I have almost finished Chapter One of the next Brian book. As you know the ‘introduction’ is already complete. I’m just having a little trouble introducing the six main characters within the opening chapter and, because of this, I have re-written various paragraphs/sections quite a few times already.

I was going to ask friends and contacts, via Facebook, if they had any children that would like to be included in the third Brian book. It’s always nice to have some real children’s names in print. I did this with the second Brian novel and was inundated with requests.

I’m still reading Armada and enjoying it. I picked up another book last weekend by Jodi Taylor called ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ which appears to be a time travel novel and so I have added this to my pile of ‘to read’ books in my living room.

Until next time . . .

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